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All-Too Widespread Kitchen Sink Plumbing Issues

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 20th August 2018

pouring-water-in-kitchenThe kitchen sink is at the center of your kitchen and most of your food preparation and clean-up. When sink problems strike in the kitchen, you’ll notice them right away and want them fixed as soon as possible. Below are the most frequent problems that can a plague kitchen sink. A few you can resolve yourself, but most will require you call a licensed plumber in Apopka, FL to fix. Don’t let an amateur try the more complex repairs, since an improperly repaired kitchen sink can lead to water leakage, the development of mold and mildew, and many other future problems.

A leaky faucet

The drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet can be annoying in a bathroom sink beside a bedroom. You might be more likely to ignore it with a kitchen sink—but don’t! This is a large cumulative waste of water. If tightening up the faucet head does remedy this, you may need a plumber on the job to fix cracks in the faucet or possibly replace it. If the leaking is coming from around the base of the faucet, the problem is more serious and we recommend contacting a professional right away.

Drop in water pressure

If the water pressure at the kitchen sink drops to a trickle, the cause is likely silt or hard water deposits trapped in the aerator. Unscrew the aerator and clean it out. If this is happening frequently, however, you might have hard water, and we advise you look into installing a whole-house water softener. If you notice low water pressure at multiple taps, something bigger is wrong. It may be a municipal issue that will be cleared up soon. A worst-case scenario is your water main is leaking.

Clogged sink drain

This is probably the #1 plumbing problem in a house. The sink drain is at a high risk of clog because of all the food waste and fats, oils, and grease that go down it. Keep a plunger under the sink and use it when there’s a clog to see if this clears out the problem. If the plunger doesn’t work, or the clogs keep coming back no matter what you do, arrange for a professional plumber to do drain cleaning that will fully scour away the build-up from the drain.

Clogged drain line

The drain line from the garbage disposal to the drainpipe can become clogged (especially if not enough water is used to wash down waste in the disposal) leading to the drain backing up. This can rarely be fixed with a plunger; it’s a job to leave to a professional. And please don’t attempt to use a chemical drain cleaner, since this is potentially harmful to the plumbing.

Loose garbage disposal

Speaking of the garbage disposal, if the unit becomes loose—or perhaps it was poorly installed and is already loose—it can cause damage to the sink and allow water to leak around the edges of the disposal. If you hear a rattling sound when the disposal is running or can feel the kitchen counter shake, have a plumber see what can be done to tighten the disposal.

Summon a great plumber to handle your sink plumbing: call Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. We’ve proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

Why Is My Residence’s Water Strain Dropping?

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 19th August 2018

dripping-faucetTurning on the water in the shower in the morning and discovering that it won’t warm up is probably one of the least welcome things that can happen with your plumbing. But coming in a close second is turning on the shower and finding that the water pressure is so low that it’s almost impossible to get clean. Thankfully, if this low pressure is only coming from a single faucet, it usually means the problem is mineral deposits in the showerhead or faucet and can be fixed easily.

But what if the water pressure drop is happening all around the house? There’s something bigger going on. Let’s take a look at might the happening and whether you need a professional plumber in Orlando, FL to restore the water pressure.

Municipal Troubles

The first possibility to consider is that the low water pressure hasn’t anything to do with your home’s plumbing but is coming from the municipal water system. Check with your neighbors to see if they are encountering the same problem. If they are, the water pressure should be restored soon. If it’s not, contact the municipal company to see when the problem will be fixed.

Pressure Regulator Failure

To maintain constant water pressure in a home’s plumbing so it doesn’t spike too high and cause damage, a pressure regulator is attached to the plumbing system. (Not all homes have this.) If the regulator fails, it can cause a rise in pressure—but it can also cause the pressure to drop. A plumber will have to replace the regulator if this is the case.

A Partially Closed Water Meter Valve

There are two valves controlling water flow into your house. The water meter valve is the one you probably deal with the least: it’s located on the street side of the water meter and is part of the municipal system. If you are having water pressure problems, this valve may have partially closed. Open it up to see if this improves water pressure.

An Automatic Shut-Off Valve Malfunction

We recommend automatic shut-off valves for homes to prevent flooding in case of massive leaks. The shut-off valve is electronically controlled, and like any mechanical device, it can malfunction, leading to a partial shut-off of the water flow into the house. Call for plumbers to check on the possibility of a problem with the automatic shut-off valve.

Aging Plumbing

This is the most serious problem, but it’s one that often occurs in older homes. Pipes that are more than 50 years old are often constructed of galvanized steel or even cast iron—and at this point they are probably filled with corrosion, limescale, and are decaying. The water line may be leaking. If the water pressure issue is something you’ve noticed building up gradually, then these out-of-date pipes are almost certainly the reason for it. We strongly advise arranging for whole-house repiping to upgrade your plumbing system with modern materials like copper and CPVC.

Our plumbers have the decades of experience and the best tools to solve whatever problems you have with your home’s water pressure.

Solve your water pressure woes: Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

How Copper Piping Overtook Different Sorts of Pipe Metals

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 18th August 2018

copper-tubesThere is a long history of different materials used for pipes in homes. Today, the most common metal used for indoor plumbing is copper. Copper started to take over for other metals in the 1970s, and by the 1990s had replaced such older materials as clay, cast iron, lead, and galvanized steel.

Why did copper become the pipe metal champion? It’s a combination of what’s wrong with those older pipes and what’s so right about copper.

The benefits of copper

Ask any professional plumber in Lake Mary, FL who does repiping work, and they can tell you about how easy copper is to work with. It’s a lightweight metal and cuts easily. For a homeowner, it has a number of other big advantages:

  • It costs less than other metals.
  • It’s highly durable and has enough flexibility that it won’t easily snap when pressure is placed on it.
  • It deals well with temperature changes.
  • It’s corrosion-resistant. There are a few specific types of corrosion that can affect it, such as a corrosion caused by formaldehyde (formicary corrosion), but in general, a copper pipe will outlast other materials.
  • It won’t place toxins into the water from corrosion or chemical treatments.

The problems with the older metals

To give you an even better sense of why copper superseded other piping materials, we’ll explain why these metals went out of use.

  • Lead: You’ve heard about the dangers of lead in drinking water and the harm it can cause to developing children. Lead is not used in plumbing at all today.
  • Cast iron: Common in the first half of the 20th century, cast iron pipes are highly prone to corrosion and will eventually crumble away.
  • Galvanized steel: For many decades, it looked as if galvanized steel was going to be the main pipe material for ever and ever. Galvanized steel is covered in a zinc solution to resist corrosion. Unfortunately, this same zinc coating eventually washes off the steel and into the water supply. Corrosion catches up with the metal, leading to toxins getting into the water. And compared to copper, galvanized steel is simply harder to work with.

Polybutylene

We want to note a type of plastic that copper overtook as well. During the 1970s and all the way into the early ‘90s, a type of plastic called polybutylene became common for plumbing systems. However, polybutylene has proved itself prone to breakage and is no longer used. If your home was built in the 1970s or ‘80s, we recommend having any polybutylene pipes replaced—before they force you to replace them.

Repiping with copper

If you have a home that was built before 1970 and it has never had any repiping done, it almost certainly needs to have older metal (galvanized steel most likely) removed and replaced with copper—as well as plastic pipes. You only have to call our experienced plumbers to assess your plumbing system to find out how much repiping the house needs. We can take care of the work fast and right.

Replace those older pipes with the best in modern materials with the Modern Way contractor: Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. Serving Central Florida since 1975.

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